|Portrayed by||Sid Owen|
|First Appearance||12 May 1988|
|Last Appearance||29 June 2012|
|Duration||1988 - 2012|
|Date of Birth||21st February 1973|
Ricky Butcher is the son of June Butcher and Frank Butcher, the step-son of Pat Butcher, the brother of Janine Butcher and the ex-husband of Bianca Butcher who is the mother of his children Liam Butcher and Tiffany Butcher.
Amongst London's most iconic sounds are the chime of Bow Bells... and the sound of Bianca screaming "RICCKKKAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!" at her hapless, downtrodden husband.
After failing all his GCSEs he became a mechanic, taking stick from bullying boss Phil at The Arches by day, and coming home for more of the same with on-again-off-again girlfriend/wife Bianca by night.
However, Sam Mitchell was his first love. They tied the knot in Gretna Green but like all Mitchell - Butcher romances (his dad Frank was married to, and cheated on, her mum Peggy) their marriage was fraught with family feuds and betrayals.
They got together, split up, got together again, and though their chemistry always remained, it was always Bianca that he went back to.
Life with Bianca left him then pecked but that didn't stop him from maturing into a responsible father of Liam and Tiffany, and indeed, all of Bianca's brood. However, when Bianca discovered that he'd fathered Mandy Salter's child (who tragically died), she kicked him out for the last time. Or so she says.